Meet Your 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid

2010 Ford Escape Hybrid
2010 Ford Escape Hybrid
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The Ford Escape Hybrid offers buyers an earth-friendly alternative to regular SUV's. It's hybrid system provides reduced emissions, increased mileage, while still providing all the normal useful SUV features.

The Escape Hybrid is available in Base or Limited trims with either front or four-wheel drive. The Escape Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine linked to an electric motor. The net result is acceleration similar to that of a V6. As a full hybrid, the Escape Hybrid can provide truly guilt-free operation by running solely on electric power in low-load conditions. The Hybrid uses a continuously variable transmission, also known as a CVT, that optimally matches the power and gearing. Standard safety features include front airbags, front seat mounted side airbags and side-curtain airbags for front and rear passengers. AdvanceTrac stability control with anti-rollover technology, four-wheel ABS and tire pressure monitoring round-out the impressive list. The Hybrid also offers a convenient AC outlet for powering small devices such as a laptop.

The Escape Hybrid carries-on for 2010 with minimal changes.

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Operating in front wheel drive under normal conditions, sensors in each wheel detect slip, and channel power rearward as necessary to maintain your grip.
-, CarsDirect
One thing that impressed me was how quiet the cabin is on the freeway, with its low-revving engine, and new thicker glass and thicker carpeting, the cabin is very quiet, the loudest noise being the tires.
- Canadian Driver, CarsDirect
Its part-cute, part-tough styling is just inoffensive enough to appeal to a wide demographic.
- Motor Trend, CarsDirect
The Escape Hybrid drives like a normal vehicle, with the engine controls deciding when the vehicle should be using electric power, or gas power, or both. All a driver does is drive.
- MSN Autos, CarsDirect
Bottom line, you don't give up much in the way of practicality when you choose to wear the "Hybrid" badge.
-, CarsDirect
And, no, you don't have to plug it in.
- New Car Test Drive, CarsDirect
Like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, the Escape Hybrid has fairly stiff suspension tuning that makes for a firm ride.
-, CarsDirect
At the back of the vehicle, there's a bit less cargo room than a regular Escape has because the hybrid's electric battery pack, composed of 250 D-sized cells in a sealed unit, sits under the cargo floor. So, while a regular Escape offers 29.3 cubic feet of storage space behind the rear seats and maximum 66.3 cubic feet if the rear seats aren't used by passengers, the corresponding numbers in the hybrid are 27.6 and 65.5 cubic feet, respectively.
- MSN Autos, CarsDirect

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A terrific compact SUV.


The Ford Escape looks like a little truck among small SUVs.Its styling reminds us of Ford's larger, truck-based sport utility vehicles.The Escape's ride height and seating position are a bit higher than competitors such as the Honda CR-V, and it can tow up to 3,500 pounds, which is substantially more than most other vehicles in the class.

Yet the Ford Escape still delivers the advantages of unit-body, car-based competitors such as the Honda CR-V.Its smooth ride and agile handling make for enjoyable driving, and its compact dimensions make the Escape easy to park.

The standard four-cylinder engine is adequate for all-purpose driving while the V6 offers quicker acceleration performance.All variants, including the V6 and Escape Hybrid, deliver some of the best EPA mileage ratings in the class.All models are offered with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

For the most part, the Hybrid drives just like a conventional gas-only Escape.It's a well-executed package.It offers better fuel economy and lower emissions but demands little additional effort or knowledge from the driver.

The Escape provides comfortable seating for four, or five in a pinch.Folding the rear seats opens a good sized cargo area with a flat floor, and space behind the seat surpasses that in the trunk of a typical sedan.There are lots of interior storage spaces, the finish is upscale and pleasing, and feature function and switches are among the best.

Escape was redesigned for 2008.For 2010, changes are minor.An Integrated Blind Spot Mirror, MyKey programmable vehicle key, Rear View Camera System, and Active Park Assist are now available, and the Escape also features hands-free SYNC with Traffic, Directions & Information.All the features improve safety and reduce driver distractions.

The Ford Escape remains one of the more appealing vehicles in its class, regardless of price, and certainly one of the better values.Those shopping for a small SUV should put it on their short list, especially those who appreciate its big-truck styling.

top Body Exterior featuresBaseLimited
Heated door mirrorsYY
Power door mirrorsYY
Roof rackY
top Convenience Features featuresBaseLimited
Speed controlYY
Front beverage holdersYY
1-touch downYY
Driver door binYY
Illuminated entryYY
Rear door binsYY
Air conditioningYY
Tilt steering wheelYY
Power windowsYY
Rear beverage holdersYY
Remote keyless entryYY
Passenger door binYY
Front dual zone A/CYY
Passenger vanity mirrorYY
Automatic temperature controlYY
Driver vanity mirrorYY
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorY
Power moonroofY
Garage door transmitterY
Overhead consoleY
top Entertainment Features featuresBaseLimited
Steering wheel mounted audio controlsYY
MP3 decoderYY
Radio data systemYY
CD playerYY
top Lighting, Visibility and Instrumentation featuresBaseLimited
Variably intermittent wipersYY
Outside temperature displayYY
Trip computerYY
Rear window defrosterYY
Fully automatic headlightsYY
Rear window wiperYY
Low tire pressure warningYY
Delay-off headlightsYY
Front reading lightsYY
Front fog lightsYY
top Off-Road Capability featuresBaseLimited
top Powertrain featuresBaseLimited
Variable valve controlYY
Block heaterYY
Sequential multi-point fuel injectionYY
top Safety and Security featuresBaseLimited
ABS brakesYY
Perimeter/approach lightsYY
Overhead airbagYY
Dual front side impact airbagsYY
Traction controlYY
Panic alarmYY
Dual front impact airbagsYY
Electronic stabilityYY
Ignition disableYY
Brake assistYY
Occupant sensing airbagYY
top Seats and Trim featuresBaseLimited
Front centre armrestYY
Split folding rear seatYY
Leather steering wheelYY
Power driver seatYY
Heated front seatsY
Leather upholsteryY
top Suspension/Handling featuresBaseLimited
Four wheel independent suspensionYY
Rear anti-roll barYY
Power steeringYY
Front anti-roll barYY
Speed-sensing steeringYY
Alloy wheelsYY
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